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What is “Big Pharma” Hiring?

Wanted Analytics bring us the following interesting data regarding what “big pharma’s” are hiring: ” Job growth in the pharmaceutical industry has been shaky since the recession. Over the past 30 days, Recruiters in the pharma industry posted just 4,400 new job ads online – the lowest volume seen since December 2009. We took a look at which jobs are being advertised and what recruiting conditions look like for those occupations.


Hiring Demand in the Pharmaceutical Industry – 4 Years


Hiring Demand in the Pharmaceutical IndustrySource: WANTED Analytics


The most common job titles advertised in the pharma industry are listed below. Despite being the most common job title in online job ads, hiring demand for Sales Representatives is down 59% compared to one year ago. Chemists (#5 below) are one of the few occupations in the pharma industry that have seen year-over-year gains, with the volume of job ads up 2% from last year. Although they didn’t make the list of the top 15 job titles below, HR Managers have actually seen a 36% increase from the same 30-day period in 2010 – a possible indicator that hiring may pick up in the coming months.


  1. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  2. Territory Manager
  3. Scientist
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Chemist
  6. Research Associate
  7. Process Engineer
  8. Project Manager
  9. Medical Science Liaison
  10. Regulatory Affairs Manager
  11. Senior Financial Analyst
  12. Validation Engineer
  13. Quality Engineer
  14. Manufacturing Associate
  15. Phlebotomist

Hiring conditions within the pharmaceutical industry will vary based on the location and occupation being recruited. Of the above 15 most commonly advertised job titles, our Hiring Scale™ shows that Scientists and Regulatory Affairs managers are likely to see the most difficult recruiting conditions. These 2 occupations have smaller talent pools, with 8 potential Scientist candidates and 9 potential Regulatory Affairs Manager candidates per advertised job. Some areas, such as Boston, will see even more difficult recruiting conditions. Boston’s local talent pool of Regulatory Affairs Managers contains 2 potential candidates in the workforce for every job ad. For Scientists, there is just 1 potential candidate per job opening. Recruiters here will compete heavily for talent and are likely to see a longer time-to-fill for open job reqs.

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